Gina, Jerry Lee, and Holly on Limbo Beach, Orkney
Gina, Jerry Lee, and Holly on Limbo Beach, Orkney
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Jerry Lee and Holly in Glencoe, Scotland Jerry Lee and Holly in Glencoe, Scotland

Post #20: Jerry and XX St. James's Park (Part I)

Dated 20 November 2017

 

With Jerry in the lead, we turned right to head north on Horse Guards Road and walked by a dull-looking tan stone-and-brick building: Storey's Gate Lodge. (Add it to the list of buildings I've been past lots of times without really noticing.)

 

In this case, though, that's probably a good thing—until recently, this otherwise unremarkable Grade II-listed building was a police station.

 

Happily, it seems there's not enough crime in the area these days that a police station is needed in St. James's Park, but that wasn't always the case....

 

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Post #19: Shepherds and Steamboats

Dated 24 October 2017

 

I'm no architect, but as the three of us passed by One Birdcage Walk—home of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers since May 1899—even my untrained eye could appreciate its decorative brickwork. (Though Jerry would have appreciated it more if there had been actual streaky bacon on offer instead of just the appearance of streaky bacon, I imagine.)

 

I'm also no kind of engineer, but luckily, I didn't have to be able to design and build jet engines to be able to fly a jet! I'm quite happy that Frank Whittle and Hans von Ohain had worked out the kinks about six decades before I first strapped myself into a pilot's seat and launched my unsuspecting passengers into the wild blue yonder....

 

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Post #18: Coins, Quizzes, and Canines

Dated 13 October 2017

 

Okay, everyone, put your books away—it's time for a pop quiz. Who can tell me:

 

1) What's the UK's oldest manufacturer?

2) Who officially got the party started?

3) Where and when did it set up shop?

 

[cue theme from Jeopardy!]

 

Time's up! Did you say "The Royal Mint?" Well done—you're right on the money. (Sorry... couldn't help myself.)....

 

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Post #17: JL, Raleigh, and GOGGS

Dated 16 September 2017

 

Jerry, Mom, and I were looking at St. Margaret's Church from our vantage point in the middle of Parliament Street, but as you can probably tell, we'd have had a much better view if we'd taken a minute to wander over to Parliament Square.

 

Okay, I'll admit it. I've walked along Great George Street to and from St. James's Park more times than I can count, and not once did I ever take a bit of notice of St. Margaret's. Like a lot of people, I had eyes only for its big brother, Westminster Abbey (which is actually the Collegiate Church of St. Peter), looming large behind it....

 

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Post #16: Jerry, Towers, and Tubes

Dated 1 September 2017

 

On the western end of Westminster Bridge, the clock faces of the Leaning Tower of Lilibet loomed over us as Mom and I shoved our way through the usual crowd of gawkers to give Jerry room to move. Okay, technically this is considered the north side of the Thames, but the bridge actually runs nearly straight east/west to cross the river.

 

It's true the tower's tilting, but it's not in immediate danger of toppling—it's only out of plumb by about 15 inches at its 315-foot-tall tip....

 

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